The State of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2012

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State of the Church, 2012

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4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;… Romans 12; 4-8 R e a d i n g :

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State of the Church, 2012

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SOURCES: Based on surveys, questionnaires, interviews and the GC Statistical Archive http://www.adventiststatistics.org/ http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf www.creativeministry.org David Beckworth , S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY , Dec.2010 State of the Church, 2012

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Church Growth

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Slow Membership Growth in the North American Division Compared with World Growth 15 % Southwestern Union, Fastest Growing Adventist World, Feb.2012, p. 11

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Number of NAD Converts Relative to the NAD Population Growth . From 1975 to 2005 the population grew by 1.09 percent, but the church grew by 0.06 percent. “ This indicates that the Seventh-day Adventist presence is shrinking in the NAD . If the number of the converts continues to grow below the rate of population growth, the church will become a shrinking part of the population, making it increasingly more difficult to fulfill its mission.” David Beckworth , S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY, Dec.2010 From 1975 to 2005 the population grew by 1.09 %, but the church grew by 0.06 % Membership Growth does not keep up with the general population growth in the NAD

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For every two members joining the church one leaves . http://www.creativeministry.org/site/1/docs/Quit.PDF

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Congregations that have fellowship or sponsor other social activities are more likely to be growing than those that don’t. Their presence accounts for 8.9% of the growth. If we add Bible study groups other than Sabbath school, the strength rises to 10.7%. http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf CHURCH GROWTH

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It now takes about 27 members to produce one baptism, whereas from 1913 to 1980 it took only about 15 members David Beckworth , S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY , Dec.2010 15 27

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In terms of economic productivity, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the NAD was spending about $41,000 in 2005 per convert while in 1913 it took about $5,500 (2005 US$) to do the same because of the high structural overhead. David Beckworth , S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY , Dec.2010

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Total employees 77,952 in the North American Division OR One employee for 14.21 church members Number of Church Employees per Church Members Total employees Globally without the North American Division – 135,315 OR One employee for 120.51 members Globally One employee for 14 members One employee for 121 members

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NAD Tithe per Division and per Capita: A Comparison 2010 with 2011

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Worship

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Number of Churches with ONE Service Only Worship SOURCE: Faith Communities Today 2010 Study for the North American Division http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf

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Number of Churches with less then 50 attending 47% Worship The Adventist church in North America is composed of mostly small congregations 47% of churches in the Division have 50 or fewer people in attendance at Sabbath http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf

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Change in Worship Style in last 5 Years 2 nd Service same as 1 st Worship Style in Churches with two Services No Change in Style in last 5 Years http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf Worship Style

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19 % Worship in other Language then English Spanish

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Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día Hispana de Keene Worship in other Language then English

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Percent of Sabbath Worships which Never Use the Following Instruments - http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf

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Involvement of Youth and Children in Sabbath Worship Services http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf

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http://www.creativeministry.org/site/1/docs/Quit.PDF attending Book Membership 50%

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Congregational Programs

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Sabbath School Congregational Programs

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Congregational Programs

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Children and Youth Programs 43 68%

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1/4 1/4 Contacting Visitors

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Church's Mission and Identity

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Church's Mission and Identity http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf

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Adventist World, Feb.2012, p. 12 NAD Delegates Reaffirm Commissioned Ministers as Conference and Mission Presidents Now they Can’t ! “North America retracts “commissioned” ministers as top leader candidates” Feb. 14, 2012 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, Ansel Oliver/ANN

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Church Membership

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Occupational Background of Membership 2/3 1/3 Double the General Population http://www.creativeministry.org/site/1/docs/DemProf.pdf

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Below Average Household Income http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html Adventist World, Feb.2012, p. 11

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Fast Growth of Ethnic Membership, Growth does not match the ethnic makeup of the population Ethnicity of the NAD Membership

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Ethnicity of NAD Membership David Beckworth , S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY , Dec.2010

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Ethnicity of the NAD Membership

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This group makes up approximately 30 percent of the NAD membership compared to its 12.8 percent share of the population. Though we rejoice in the diversity of the church, this figure shows that NAD is not effectively reaching the Caucasian descent group. They make up 55 percent of the NAD church relative to a 67 percent population in 2005. Similarly, the Hispanics make up 9 percent of the NAD church; they constitute 13 percent of the population. Those of Asian descent and other races are represented in the church at rates closer to that of the population. David Beckworth , S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY , Dec.2010 Membership Growth does not match the Ethnic Makeup of the Population

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The “graying” of the NAD Church “The median age of Seventh-day Adventist in North America is 51. The median age for the general public is 36 in the U.S. and 37 in Canada. Among native-born White and Black members the median age is even higher.” David Beckworth , S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY , Dec.2010

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What will happen to the Church when the “OLD” key Supporters are gone? born 1933-45, now 57 – 69 The church seems to be surviving by the energy and resources of previous generations. What is going to happen to the church when these supportive generations fade into the sunset? Over 80

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Adventist Households with Fewer Children Adventist churches are somewhat less likely than other faiths to have households with children. Only 26 % have young children at home. Adventist World, Feb.2012, p. 11 SDA

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Age by generation b 1933-45, now 57 – 69 1977-94, now 18 to 25 (“Gen X”), born 1965-76, now 26 to 37 Missing Young SDA www.creativeministry.org

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The disappearance of the Youth More than 1,000 Adventist congregations in North America have no children or youth Source: unpublished survey that the Center for Creative Ministry did for NAD Church Resources in 1997.

Local Youth Ministries:

Local Youth Ministries Adventist churches are somewhat less likely than other faiths to sponsor a local youth group such as the Pathfinder Club, Scouts or a teen youth organization . www.creativeministry.org SDA No Youth Ministry

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Theological Diverse Membership And/Or ?

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liberal progressive conservative extreme c onservative ultra-extreme conservative Moral influence theory evangelical moderate Theological Diverse Membership http://www. ministrymagazine .org/archive/2010/december/theological-diversity-a-threat-an-asset-or-what (It is) an “undeniable fact that contemporary Adventist theology has quite a few different faces” Reinder Bruinsma , Executive secretary of the Trans-European Division & President of the Netherlands Union. "A problem in past evangelical evaluations of Adventism has been the failure to recognize its theological diversity . Adventism is anything but monolithic.“ Kenneth R. Sample, The Recent Truth About Seventh-day Adventists in Christianity Today February 5, 1990.

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Volume 25, Number 6 • June 2010 The Immutable Law of God • Christ Our Righteousness • The Seventh-day Sabbath, The Three Angels’ Messages • The Non-Immortality of the Soul • The Sanctuary Progressive, Liberal Mainstream Conservative, Fundamentalist Theological Diverse Membership and their Diverse Publications

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Progressive Fundamentalist Adventist Society of Religious Studies Theological Diverse Membership and their Theological Societies

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Most congregations give a lot of emphasis to Sabbath school or consider it their specialty. Given the centrality of Sabbath school in the study of Scripture and the promotion of missions, this is a healthy sign. 2. Almost half of the churches give major emphasis to Scripture study groups. 3. Nearly half of the congregations attempt to put new members into small groups. 4. Almost all active Adventists hold strong beliefs and values. 5. A large majority want to grow in membership. 6. Three-fourths believe they have a clear mission and purpose. Strengths:

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Challenges Facing the NAD and its Congregations: Church Growth does not keep up with Population Growth More than 70% of the congregations in the North American Division have fewer than 100 worshipers attending Sabbath services while almost half have 50 attendee's or fewer. Small congregations have difficulty providing all the services necessary for nurture and growth. 3. About a third of the congregations have no youth or single-adult activities. Growth lies with the youth. 4. Support groups for marriage, parenting, grief, substance abuse, etc. are not found in two thirds of the churches. 5. A fourth do not bother to follow up on any visitors that might come. 6. Only about a small number of congregations have the membership involved in recruiting new members. 7. Only about half believe that their congregation is a “moral beacon” in their community

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5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism ; 6 one God and Father of all , who is over all, and through all and in all. Eph 4:3-6 (NIV) 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— E P H E S I A N S E P H E S I A N S Unity not Uniformity Unity not Uniformity

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SOURCES: Based on surveys, questionnaires, interviews and the GC Statistical Archive http://www.adventiststatistics.org/ http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf www.creativeministry.org David Beckworth , S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY , Dec.2010

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